DescriptionIsaac Vandorn Autograph Document Signed: "Old Three Hundred" "Isaac Vandorn/Collector," one page, 7.5" x 3.5". Matagorda [Texas], December 21, 1839. In full "Recived [sic] of Wm Criswell Eighteen Dollars in part payment of John Y Criswell Taxes on a League of Land in Matagorda County this 21st day of Dec. 1839 for the year 1838." Isaac Vandorn was one of Stephen F. Austin's "Old Three Hundred," settlers who received land grants in Austin's first colony. William Criswell had fought in the Battle of San Jacinto for which he was later given 640 acres of land. John Y. Criswell Sr. was his father. Born in Pennsylvania, Isaac Van Dorn came to Texas in 1822. He petitioned for land in 1826 and, in 1828, received title to land in southeastern Matagorda County. He was a member of the committee of safety and correspondence at Matagorda in October 1835 and in December was recommended by Joseph W. E. Wallace to Henry Smith as a lieutenant in the artillery. Vandorn was elected first sheriff of Matagorda County in 1837. Fine condition.
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